Zoomed in shot of eight Sweet Pepper Sushi cuts.

Sweet Pepper “Sushi” Rice Rounds

Our kid-friendly “sushi” rounds allow little ones to be completely hands-on in creating a tasty and colorful snack. Don’t forget the sauce!

This recipe is part of “The Kids’ Kitchen” series, a collection of approachable recipes that teach children the basics of cooking through the preparation, assembly, and plating of each dish (adults are asked to handle any oven or stovetop instructions).

  • Servings
  • Serving Size
    8 rounds
  • Prep Time
    30 min
  • Total Time
    30 min


"Sushi" Rounds

  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat or regular cream cheese, softened*
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup finely chopped green onions 
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 16 petite sweet peppers (about 1 pound total)

Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ cup light or regular soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon dark sesame oil


  • Combine the rice, cream cheese, chopped bell pepper, onions, cilantro, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir until well blended.
  • Cut the stems off each petite pepper and remove seeds by using a small measuring spoon or knife, being careful to leave the peppers whole. 
  • Fill each pepper with rice mixture using a small spoon or clean hands. Pack firmly. (May want to wipe the outside of each pepper to remove any excess cheese mixture with a paper towel.)
  • Slice stuffed peppers into ¼ inch thick rounds, discarding ends of peppers, and place on a plate.
  • Combine the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Serve with pepper rounds. May serve with chopsticks or small forks.

    Makes about 32 rounds total.

Recipe Notes

Place cream cheese in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat on high setting for 10-15 seconds or until very soft.

For an entrée, arrange 8 oz. cooked peeled shrimp on platter with rounds.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving 8 rounds
  • Calories 160
  • Total Fat 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 15mg
  • Sodium 600mg
  • Carbohydrates 25g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Protein 5g